Merry Christmas everyone! If you’re feeling sad and alone today, you might want to check out #JoinIn on Twitter, started by comedian/writer Sarah Millican:
I started #joinin four years ago. So this Christmas Day will be my fifth. It started because I’m a big softie and can’t bear the thought of people being alone on Christmas Day. And I don’t mean those who choose to be alone. Good for them. They like being alone, they want it, they have a smashing time.
This is not for them. This is for those who don’t choose to be alone, but who are, for some reason, on their tod/bob/lonesome. Be it because they have no family, are estranged from their family, it’s not their turn to have the kids, even just that their partner is at work, whatever. Alone and would rather not be. This is who #joinin is for.
By using the hashtag #joinin, you can join a community made up of those alone, those not alone but lonely (I know that’s a thing because it was in a Bon Jovi song once – and I used to work in an office), those who wish they were alone (who often tweet the horrors of being with other people to make the lonely ones feel better, adorable) and me. Just loads of nice people chatting with me and then each other. As soon as I see conversations start without including me (I’m still watching on the hashtag like a SantaGod), my heart fills with warmth (possibly an overflow of the gravy) and I know it’s working.